D’ohbama!

Apparently his aides have realized that he’s not exactly fast on his feet:

About half-way through President Obama’s press conference Monday night, he had an unscripted question of his own. “All, Chuck Todd,” the President said, referring to NBC’s White House correspondent. “Where’s Chuck?” He had the same strange question about Fox News’s Major Garrett: “Where’s Major?”

The problem wasn’t the lighting in the East Room. The President was running down a list of reporters preselected to ask questions. The White House had decided in advance who would be allowed to question the President and who was left out.

This is seriously pathetic. Second Coming of the Great Communicator? He’s more like the second coming of George W. Bush, with added “uhs” and “ums” Barring the exhibition of some hitherto undemonstrated competence, Mark Tapscott may well be right about this president being a one-termer.

Bumble, bumble, spoil and stumble…. New Hampshire Republican Senator Gregg just withdrew his name from consideration for the nomination to D’ohbama’s cabinet.

Optimistic

Bruce Bartlett omits a rather significant pair of dates:

The history of anti-recession efforts is that they are almost always initiated too late to do any good. This chart, based on recession timelines from the National Bureau of Economic Research, shows the enactment of stimulus plans is a fairly accurate indicator that we have hit the bottom of the business cycle, meaning the economy will improve even if the government does nothing.

Of course, the two missing dates on that little chart are 1930 and 1934… and to argue that the existence of the stimulus package demonstrates that the contraction is ending strikes me as more than a little myopic.

Immigration costs jobs

The UK admits the ugly truth:

The UK’s official statistician weighed into the debate about foreign workers yesterday by highlighting the growing numbers of immigrants getting jobs while the British workforce declines. On the day that figures showed the number of people unemployed at a 12-year high, the Office for National Statistics chose to reveal that the number of foreign workers increased by 175,000 to 2.4 million last year while the number of British workers fell by 234,000 to 27 million.

I find it amusing that supposedly the story is how the statistical office “chose to reveal” the facts at an inopportune time… like when it might actually tell people what they already know is happening. Mindless “immigration = economic growth” people should stop and think about the matter for five seconds; if mere numbers are the primary determinant of economic growth, then China and India should have been the wealthiest nations in the world for some time now.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that international free trade, open immigration, and multiculturalism do not deliver the supposed benefits that justified their embrace. They have, instead, contributed to the ongoing contraction.